Malawian civil society groups accuse religious leaders of hypocrisy in their opposition to abortion law reform

Prominent civil society organisations have responded to religious leaders who petitioned the Malawian Parliament in December 2016 against the proposed reforms on safe abortion, accusing them of double standards on the matter. The groups included the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center, NGO Gender Coordinating Network, Human Rights Consultative Committee, Center for Human Rights Rehabilitation and others. They also said they would publicly name and shame some religious leaders for their misdeeds, arguing that in fact … Continued

The abortion law reform bill in Malawi that is causing debate on all sides

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A study found that all Malawians understand that the problem of unsafe abortion exists. Different stakeholders were interviewed, including religious leaders, chiefs, young people, politicians, parliamentarians – and all of them agreed that this problem exists. They did however raise the challenge that it was a difficult subject to discuss publicly.

It is not possible to reduce maternal mortality in Africa without making abortions safe

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Not long after the Malawi Council of Churches expressed optimism that the faith community in Malawi would endorse the safe abortion bill waiting to be tabled in the country’s Parliament, doctors in the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship in Malawi urged government to critically reassess the proposed bill and stop its passage through Parliament.

Politicians, academia, and civil society organisations call for speedy abortion law reforms in Malawi

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In August 2015, political parties endorsed abortion law reforms in Malawi as currently abortion is illegal and is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of a woman. The bill is currently at Cabinet level but Members of Parliament have openly asked civil society for more civic education on the issue, as politicians are shy, they say, about speaking of the bill in their constituencies.

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